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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 May 1964 (USA)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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The world's masters of murder pull out all the stops to destroy Agent 007! See more »


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Bons baisers de Russie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Actresses considered for the role of Tatiana Romanova included Pia Lindström, Sally Douglas, Magda Konopka, Margaret Lee, Lucia Modugno, Sylva Koscina, Virna Lisi and Tania Mallet, the latter ended up getting the role of Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964). Reportedly, the producers first choice had originally been Elga Andersen but she was allegedly deemed too difficult by the studio United Artists. As such, 1960 Italy's Miss Universe Daniela Bianchi got the part. Her voice was dubbed in the film by an uncredited Barbara Jefford in order to hide her thick Italian accent. See more »

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During the helicopter chase Bond takes cover in the same small depression twice (and from the same direction) although he is always running "downslope". See more »

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[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Opening credits are projected onto the undulating body of a dancer. See more »

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Referenced in Twilight Zone: From Agnes - with Love (1964) See more »

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From Russia With Love
Title song written by Lionel Bart
Sung by Matt Monro
Music Conducted by Johnnie Spence (uncredited)
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Bond number 2: mad helicopters, train fist-fights and romance
11 December 2006 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

International criminal organization SPECTER starts a skirmish between British and Russian secret agents to capture/protect a precious decoding device, planing to play one side against the other and get hold of the device itself.

Bond's second screen outing perfected the formula's ingredients while being the most realistic and grounded of his adventures. "From Russia with Love" isn't only vintage Bond for introducing key components such as Desmond Lwelyn's Q, SPECTER mastermind Bloffield (cult phenomenon and the model for Austin Powers' Dr Evil and Insepctor Gadget's Dr Claw), while perfecting the Bond character (played to a tee by Connery). It is a cracking cold war thriller in its own right when most Bond films classify as action/adventure films.

The lean and mean aspect serves the film well in its numerous set-pieces, from the Hitchcockian helicopter chase to the famous train fist-fight. Very helpful are Daniela Bianchi as a touching woman finding herself way out of her depth and Robert Shaw as the ruthless assassin Red Grant.

"From Russia with Love" is up there with the very best of Bond in that it keeps growing on you with repeated viewings. Another home run for agent 007!


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